Cutting vinyl with Cricut?

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Posted 2/3/2013 by kipper in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 2/3/2013 10:51:18 AM
Do I need the deep cut housing to cut vinyl? What settings do you use for depth, speed, etc. I have the E2.


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Posted: 2/3/2013 10:53:50 AM
Vinyl is the easiest thing to cut. It is much thinner than paper or cardstock. You definitely don't need a deepcut housing.

Sorry, I am a wishblade/KNK user, bbut I can tell you you barely want any blade showing. Just trying to cut the vinyl, not the paper backing behind it (think like a sheet of stickers).



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Posted: 2/3/2013 11:32:42 AM
I used the Expression to cut a lot of vinyl before I dumped it for the Cameo. You need to set it for vinyl with the regular blade. You want a "Kiss Cut" - you only cut the very thin top layer of vinyl, but not the backing paper.

You "weed" off the excess vinyl and use transfer tape to remove what you want from the backing, then apply it to the surface you want it one. Transfer paper is a MUST!

Here is a video on cutting vinyl - not the E2, but you see the process anyway. I buy my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl - but there are other good online sources. Don't buy the "Cricut" branded vinyl. It is Oracal 631 vinyl that is WAY over priced. You can get it online for a fraction of the cost they (Provo Craft) charge.

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Posted: 2/3/2013 1:36:59 PM
You do NOT need the deep cut blade or housing. I cut vinyl at just the number 2 setting, about 3 pressure. Medium to high speed.

FWIW, I have cut a lot of vinyl. I see some who use a much higher setting for the blade, and I don't know why they need to set the blade so high. Vinyl is very thin and cuts easily.

However, do a test with your machine on something that won't matter if it doesn't work. Your machine may need more or less pressure than I use.

You just want to cut through the vinyl, but not through the backing.

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